Time Management


 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.

~Ephesians 5:15-16, NASB


Surely most of us waste far too much time.

~John Philips

I am reading John Phillips commentary of Psalms. John Bertram Phillips is also known as J.B. Phillips and is most famous for translating the NT into modern English. John grew up in Wales and served in the British Army during WWII. He translated the book of Colossians first and did it from fox holes. John was motivated by the young people in his church who were not able to understand the King James so he translated the entire NT into modern language. He alliterates everything and I do not use his outlines but I love his stories and analogies.  John was born in 1906 and promoted in 1982 making him a contemporary with my daddy {1911-1995}. The following is an exert out of his commentary on Psalm 119.

Someone has calculated that the average believer, if he or she lives to be 75 years old, spends 25 years sleeping, 17 years at work, 6 years traveling, 7 years dressing {getting ready to go}, 9 years watching TV, 6 years in the sick bed and only 4 years in prayer and bible study. If this is true or even close, it indicates poor stewardship of time. Imagine spending 4 years out of 75 preparing for eternity and spending all the other time on the frivolous and fleeting cares of this world. John calculated that if we took just one hour from our sleep time, TV time, and dressing time it would increase our prayer and bible study time to 19 years.

I don’t know about you but this thought was convicting to me. I know I waste too much time. We are stewards of all that God has given us and time is one of those things that we must manage. We are accountable for how we spend our time just as we are in how we spend our money. May God grant us grace to make the most of our time.


I am on one of those kicks where I sleep about 5-6 hours a night. I wake up alert and rested but I get sleepy by the middle of the morning. Then in the evening, study is really hard. It is a minor problem: some sleep is better than no sleep. We have two big days coming up: today I have to finish the forms and tomorrow we are pouring 8 yards of concrete. I am looking forward to Friday night.

Don’t forget our friends who are battling cancer. God bless you, have a great day and thanks for reading the blog.

1 thought on “Time Management

  1. This is so true of our time, I’ve spent more time in the Bible the last few years because I’m retired, and it is amazing, I also spent more time in prayer which is awesome, so thx brother Jack this is helpful.

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